According to the Foreign Ministry, the Diplomats Expelled from Russia Deliberately Violated the Law
OREANDA-NEWS. The European diplomats expelled from Russia from Germany, Poland and Sweden knew perfectly well that they were violating Russian laws, since the actions in which they participated were uncoordinated and illegal. This opinion was expressed by Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
She noted that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations contains a provision that "all persons enjoying privileges and immunities are obliged, without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, to respect the laws and regulations of the host country." At the same time, Zakharova recalled that in Russia, back in March last year, all public and mass events were banned.
As Zakharova said at the briefing, "foreign diplomats knew very well these rules. Thus, the participation of representatives of the general consulates of Sweden and Poland and the German embassy in the actions held on January 23 and 31 is not only interference in the internal affairs of the Russia, but also deliberate violation of the laws of the host state. "
Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry told that the diplomats of three countries - Sweden, Poland and Germany - took part in uncoordinated actions in Russia. After that they were declared persona non grata and had to leave Russia in the near future. People who had to obey this order are diplomatic employees of the consulates general of the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Poland in St. Petersburg and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow.